Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Francis on St. Thérèse Before He was Pope

Love in Little Things

Letter to St. Thérèse
Albino Cardinal Luciani (Pope John Paul the First)
Love in little things. Often this is the only kind possible. I never had the chance to jump into a river to save a drowning man; I have been very often asked to lend something, to write letters, to give simple and easy instructions. I have never met a mad dog; instead I have met some irritating flies and mosquitoes. I have never had persecutors beat me but many people disturb me with noises in the street, with the volume of the television turned up too high or unfortunately with making noise in drinking soup. To help, however, one can not take it amiss, to be understanding; to remain calm and smiling (as much as possible) in such occasions is to love one’s neighbor without rhetoric in a practical way.
-From the book, Illustrissimi